Dauphine’s

4.6
418 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Dauphine’s, a restaurant inspired by the playful spirit and iconic cuisine of New Orleans is led by Chef Kristen Essig, who called the city home for over two decades. The Dauphine’s menu pays homage to the diverse cultural influences and rich culinary traditions of New Orleans while utilizing Mid-Atlantic ingredients. The beverage program is developed in partnership with New Orleans native Neal Bodenheimer – owner of Cure, the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award winner for Outstanding Bar Program – and offers a menu of both classics and innovative riffs. The expansive indoor dining features a large sunken dining room anchored by a custom raw bar and wood charcuterie case, a wrought-iron pavilion linking the bar and dining, and an intimate mezzanine with private dining. Bookend by two outdoor spaces, Dauphine's features a 30 seat outdoor bar with a custom New Orleans-inspired tiled fountain and a separate covered dining patio for 80 guests.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So my first impression was Alisha calling to confirm my reservation and her telling me to make sure I'm safe otw to the restaurant when I told her I was running behind. My waitress Ashely was the best. I don't remember half the words she used to describe the different menus and items but, it definitely made a difference. Also had her pick drinks for us after telling her our preference. Food portions were great and the food was delicious. Definitely get the bread service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice dinner. The food is good but can use a little improvement.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Food was very good but portion sizes far too small for the prices

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Mariana
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Disrespectful and out of touch staff and service.
Food was weak with awkward combination. A
Expensive bad wines.

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vipErinW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining room and bar are gorgeous, the service was impeccable, the food and drinks tasty and interesting. It is so refreshing the find a new restaurant in DC that is truly offering a creative menu. Bravo, Dauphine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really nice vibe in the restaurant. Wine list is fantastic and balanced with wines for all budgets. The oysters were delicious and entree menu was interesting and unique. I’ll be back for happy hour this week to checkout the bar scene.

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YvonnickR
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Nice restaurant and food was good!! Very loud and the waiter was to be desired!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and delicious food! Will definitely come back

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vipBobS
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our service was a little hap hazard. We had a long delay ordering our food once we finished our appetizers. The food was excellent.

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vipAnthony
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Andrea was a great waitress. She really made our first experience there a worthwhile place to come back.

My favorite part which I haven’t seen at a lot of places is the ability to taste some wines by the glasses before committing. I’ve only seen that with bottle orders.

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Taylor
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the atmosphere. Intimate but also lively. Really enjoyed my experience here and would definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! The food was beyond delicious and the service was phenomenal!

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PaulK
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It’s not the servers’ fault, but when they have too many tables, they can’t provide adequate service. Consider reducing the number of tables until you can hire enough servers. I understand it’s hard to find people these days. Food was good though.

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RachelE
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience but felt a bit rushed by the server (standard at restaurants in the US, sadly)

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TamaraC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The oyster appetizer was excellent. Plump, Maryland oysters. Our server, Dale, was well informed and offered great suggestions. I ordered the skate. I was surprised that it was fried (I should have known, it's the South). After I got over the initial shock of not receiving a pan seared or broiled fish, I enjoyed it. I'll be back.

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mojoken
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The best part of Dauphine's was the excellent service. The cocktails were divine. This Louisianian found the food delicious but far from authentic. The standout for us was the Grand Plateaux, the scrumptuous tower of raw seafood. None of us found anything on the entree menu very appealing, so we ordered some small plates, the best of which was the Mirliton & Pig Ear Salad. The Rabbit, Oyster, & Okra Gumbo, served over potato salad instead of the traditional rice, was the lone disappointment, bland and uninspired. As the evening went on, the large restaurant got more and more noisy, to the point where it was too noisy to talk. If we go back, we'll eat early, request an outdoor table, and limit ourselves to cocktails and the seafood tower.

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AMac
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We enjoyed a birthday celebration.

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CoreyA
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor is really nice and definitely has a New Orleans feel to it with plenty of wrought iron and fleur de lis. The wait staff was knowledgeable and very friendly. And the food was amazing. I’ve lived in NOLA and Dauphine’s can hold it’s own with the best of NOLA.

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vipChrisS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful and intriguing menu with Nola flare! After the mains, Sicilian steak!! save room for dessert, best Beignets on the east coast! Special mention to the rice pudding with chocolate crémeux!!!

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vipKathrynB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great! Drink service was a little slow which is the only reason why I didn’t give it five stars.

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vipdinnerwfam
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal and evening. Service was great, food was fantastic. All around a fantastic evening. One of the better meals out i've had in a long time.

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alexandriagirl
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time! Definitely get the bread service - the brioche and biscuits were next level. We loved the beignets as well!

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vipYummy
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

U started coming because of a strong recommendation and have been here 2x now. The first time I assumed that my girlfriend and I must have come on a day when they were short staffed or something because of the slow service but the waiter was pleasant overall. This most recent time the service was extremely slow again but based on where we were seated we could clearly see the waiter and realized we were being ignored. Our waiter continued to wait on diners that had arrived after my party. I requested the manager at this point and was waited on attentively by the manager from that point forward. Really unfortunate because the food and drinks are delicious and it was a celebratory occasion. But, I do not see myself returning.

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Anonymous
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great, food was amazing! I will definitely be returning.

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vipDrBob77
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautifully designed new restaurant that is clearly very popular. Interesting take on New Orleans style food, call it NO Fusion. Nice sazerac to start the night. Definitely recommend paying for the bread service. Enjoyed their take on gumbo. My wife had the blackened blue fish creole which was very nice. I had the Paneed Skate wing which was a very large portion and good. A bit dry; could have used more beurre blanc sauce. Nice take on baked Alaska.

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Thisguy2169
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible food and amazing service!

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MikeB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. A little overpriced.

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TiffanyR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was excellent. Alex is awesome and was very accommodating to two people who had food allergies in our group. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Excessive long wait to be seated caused my wife to miss Concert that we bought tickets for that same evening. Appetizers were delicious, even though we didn’t order oysters (I think order bled though to other side of form) but we were so hungry, we opted to go ahead and eat it.

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vipchany
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Upscale Louisiana vibes. I love the decor and ambiance. The gumbo was amazing. Oysters were ok. Drinks were decent.

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JoyB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Reserved this spot for my boss per recommendation from colleague in DC area. Heard that Neil Bodenheimer consulted on this project and I'm familiar with his spots in NOLA (did a pop-up there with my previous company), so I knew if he had a hand in this, it had to be great.

The reviews from the party were all good :)

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JamesS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Excellent service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

This menu is just so-so for this New Orleanian. But if you've only experienced the NO food scene as a tourist or have forgotten what's marketed as "Cajun / Creole" fare, you'll probably enjoy this place.

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travelbug
Oklahoma City
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; outstanding service.

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GregoryO
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent New Orleans-themed restaurant. Elegant attention to detail, from the dishes, utensils, cocktails and menu. I wish their hot dishes were "hot" and not not warm. Besides that, GREAT restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters dauphine and the rabbit, oyster and okra was amazing! Chef’s kiss!

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Stinky
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was terrific all around especially the charcuterie. What was striking, was seeing flavors together that worked so well that myself and dining companion had not seen before in combination. Such as crab, sweetbreads, and headcheese or Tabasco and chocolate. Additionally, for all of what we ordered - and we ordered more then our fair share - every dish was lighter in richness then expected leaving lots room for great flavors. Service was good too. I would encourage everyone to dine there at least once and we will be returning ourselves. Hehe.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bread Plate, BBQ shrimp and Duck Jambalaya FTW 10/10

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PatriciaB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server, Anne Marie, was excellent! We really enjoyed her service!
Our table was not ready when we arrived so we had to wait about 20 minutes so that was not good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited 1 hour to be seated..with a reservation..and then waited three hours for our entrees to be served. Entrees were cold and also not the entrees we ordered. So disappointed.

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Dauphine’s is rated 4.6 stars by 418 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.